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DIRECTV to Deliver Local HD Programming in 67 Markets by Year End
Twenty Five More Local HD Markets Named; Approximately 74 Percent of U.S. Television Homes will have Access to Local HD Channels from DIRECTV

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Oct 10, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Already leading the satellite TV industry in the delivery of local HD programming, DIRECTV will offer local HD broadcast networks in 67 markets, representing approximately 74 percent of U.S. TV households, by year end when it rolls out 25 more local HD markets in the fourth quarter.

Local news, sports and popular primetime programming from ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC will be available in HD to customers who subscribe to any TOTAL CHOICE(R) programming package that offers local channels. There is no additional charge for local HD programming.

The 25 local markets to receive HD programming from DIRECTV include:
  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Ft. Meyers, Fla.
  • Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Green Bay, Wisc.
  • Greensboro, N.C.
  • Greenville, S.C.
  • Flint, Mich.
  • Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Little Rock, Ark.
  • Madison, Wisc.
  • Mobile, Ala.
  • New Orleans
  • Norfolk, Va.
  • Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Portland, Me.
  • Providence, R.I.
  • Reno, Nev.
  • Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Spokane, Wa.
  • Springfield, Mo.
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Tulsa, Okla.

"With 67 markets receiving local HD channels from DIRECTV by year end, we've set the stage for our historic capacity expansion in 2007," said Dan Fawcett, executive vice president, Programming Acquisition, DIRECTV, Inc. "This will enable us to leapfrog the multichannel video industry in terms of the sheer volume of HD programming available to our customers. With more than 44 million homes projected to have HD TV sets next year, we expect to be the video provider of choice for those consumers, offering the best lineup of HD programming, including local broadcast networks, sports, special events, and national networks, as well as original and exclusive programming."

With the launch of two new satellites - DIRECTV 10 and DIRECTV 11 - in 2007, DIRECTV will have the ability to deliver more than 1,500 local HD and digital channels and 150 national HD channels, in addition to new advanced programming services for customers.

DIRECTV currently offers standard-definition local channels in 142 markets, covering nearly 94 percent of television households in the country, as well as 42 HD local channel markets representing approximately 62 percent of U.S. TV households.

Customers can receive local HD channels by obtaining DIRECTV's H20 HD receiver or its new HR20 DIRECTV Plus HD DVR, which has the ability to record up to 50 hours of programming in the new MPEG4 transmission standard. DIRECTV is offering new customers who purchase a DIRECTV HD or HD DVR receiver a $100 mail-in rebate. (Limit one rebate per customer.) Existing customers are eligible for a $99 upgrade to the new H20 receiver and dish, plus $99 for each additional HD receiver.
 

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Well, nice. I'm in the Flint, MI DMA (I'm 22 miles or so outside of Flint) and just got the AT9 and HR20. I obviously need to replace my normal TVs with HD. :)
 

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:( I am still not on the list!
 

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yay HD LOCALS in NORFOLK, VA finally. thanks

the off air HD antenna @ my work pixle-lates(sp?) too much. finally hd locals would be nice and would be better in this area cause the local cable company only has CBS, but from what i heard WTKR stoped brodacasting HD after MARCH MADNESS 06. but i'm not 100% on that

thanks for the info.
 

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Must be they did because I highly doubt they would list them again otherwise.
Welcome, to satelite TV. I'm assumming you just signed up yesterday:eek2:.

When is that satelite going up next year.....

Anyways, just another Grand Rapids hopeful here. I hope they get done. And if they do I hope it's soon.

Now what about FSN-D in HD for us outside of Detroit. I'm assumming this will be next fall because of bandwidth issues?

Also, you guys are assumming a lot. I don't think ONE single local DMA has launched ALL networks in HD so don't be surprised if a few are missing if they get this done. WWMT might not even be there, but my guess is that they will be one of the channels. I would be our luck to get the worse HD provider (by provider I should clarify that I mean WWMT) on the planet. I think I read last weekend they went the whole weekend without turning on the HD. It'd give us something to complain about :).
 

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So let me ask a stupid question...when you locals are in mpeg 4 (hd) but you dont get them all lets say...abc...but you get them on waivers now out of NY ,which I understand they take away when you can get your locals in hd will you still be able to keep your waiver for the others that you dont get??? until they get the rebroadcast rights with that station???thanks
 

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Right now, no waivers have been pulled.
So if you have them on waivers, then you will still have them.

But there will be a point that they will be pulled... and as for if you can keep 1 if your local ABC hasn't gotten on board with DirecTV, I don't konw.
 

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My city (#58) got skipped over again! :scratchin

DMA Rank/City
35 Greenville, S.C.
39 Grand Rapids, Mich.
41 Harrisburg, Pa.
42 Norfolk, Va.
43 New Orleans
45 Oklahoma City, Okla.
46 Albuquerque, N.M.
47 Greensboro, N.C.
49 Buffalo, N.Y.
51 Providence, R.I.
52 Jacksonville, Fla.
57 Little Rock, Ark.
61 Tulsa, Okla.
62 Mobile, Ala.
65 Flint, Mich.
66 Ft. Meyers, Fla.
69 Green Bay, Wisc.
70 Toledo, Ohio
73 Des Moines, Iowa
74 Portland, Me.
77 Springfield, Mo.
78 Spokane, Wa.
85 Madison, Wisc.
112 Reno, Nev.
122 Santa Barbara, Calif.
 

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EidolonGG said:
I heard Madison, WI locals would be Oct. Is that still the case? Anyone have a specific date?
Madison is in the list... which according to the press release means by the end of the year... I don't know of any specific dates.
 

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I'm in the Tulsa DMA. When I had my HR20 installed a few weeks ago, the installer told me Tulsa HD's would be available soon. We have a large D* call center here, and he said D* was trying to get local HD's in all the call center locations ASAP. I wonder if any of the other cities that are lower than 58 have call centers?
 

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Yea! i'm also in Tulsa area. Nice to see us on the list. It took them years to get our SD locals!

At the rate they are going, I might have DTV HD locals faster than the OTA tuner is turned on! lol :)
 
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